Hyundai added a sedan to its range of all-electric cars. The Korean automaker debuted its Ioniq 6 at the Los Angeles Auto Show with a range that’s less than expected but still impressive among top-of-the-line EVs.
The Ioniq 6 is Hyundai’s first all-electric sedan, coming right after the Ioniq 5 electric SUV that hit the US market recently. Both Ioniq models are Hyundai’s first steps towards electrification of its vehicle range and the Ioniq 6 has attracted a lot of attention because of its unique design. The look falls somewhere between the classic Volkswagen Beetle and trendsetting electric vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz EQS.
Reduced Range — The Ioniq 6 was originally estimated to have a range of 380 miles, but that number has since been reduced to an estimated 340 miles on a single charge. It’s slightly less, but that’s still a great range that puts the Ioniq 6 firmly in competition with more luxurious EVs like the Mercedes-Benz EQE sedan or Tesla’s plaid edition Model S.
The solid range estimates come from the 77.4kWh battery and a drag coefficient of 0.22. Hyundai offers the Ioniq 6 in two options: a rear-engine layout or one with front and rear engines. The two-motor option is set up as all-wheel drive and offers 320 hp, 446 lb-ft of torque, 0-60 mph acceleration in under five seconds and a range of 310 miles. The rear-engine option gets you 225 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, but has the maximum possible range at 340 miles.
Five-minute quick charge — Hyundai says it takes just 18 minutes to get the Ioniq 6 from 10 to 80 per cent with a 350kW fast charger, or just five minutes to get a 65-mile range if you’re really in a pinch . Using the standard on-board charger fully charges the battery in just over seven hours. Hyundai built the Ioniq 6 on its Electric-Global Modular Platform, which is used on its Ioniq 5 but also on the Kia EV6 crossover SUV.
Hyundai also wanted the Ioniq 6’s interior to stand out, incorporating a 64-color, two-tone ambient lighting system with six two-tone choices, as well as 12.3-inch displays for the infotainment display and a digital cluster.
Release Spring 2023 — Although Hyundai has unveiled all the specs of the Ioniq 6, we still don’t have pricing details for the electric sedan. Hyundai said it would announce the price closer when the Ioniq 6 is expected to go on sale in spring 2023.
The Ioniq 6 may be Hyundai’s first all-electric sedan, but the company has many models in its EV pipeline. Including the Ioniq 6, Hyundai aims to launch 17 battery electric vehicle models and sell more than 1.8 million of these models by 2030.